, Deputy President William Ruto’s running mate, was born in 1965 in Ruguru village, Nyeri County. Gachagua attended Kabiruini Primary School before moving on to Kianyaga High School, the University of Nairobi, and, finally, Oklahoma University. Between 1989 and 1992, the MP worked as an assistant secretary and personal assistant to then-Minister of Home Affairs and National Heritage Davidson Ngibuini.
The Kenya Kwanza Alliance has chosen Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua as Deputy President William Ruto’s running mate after intense negotiations. In a previous political meeting, Deputy President William Ruto (r) and Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua. Photographer:
William Ruto Facebook is the source. The announcement was made by the second in command during a televised press conference at his official Karen home in Nairobi on Sunday, May 15. But who is this man set to become Kenya’s deputy president if Ruto wins the August 8 General Election, which is only 85 days away?
Early years Before 2017, when he successfully ran for the Mathira parliamentary seat, little was known about Gachagua. The now-outspoken lawmaker was born in 1965 in Nyeri County’s Ruguru village. He is the heir to the late Nahashon Gachagua Reriani and Martha Kirigo, both of whom he refers to as Mau Mau fighters. He is the eighth child in a family of nine. Kabiruini Primary School was where the Kenya Kwanza deputy president candidate began his education.
Between 1978 and 1983, the now 57-year-old attended Kianyaga High School for his O-Levels and A-Levels. He was admitted to the University of Nairobi in 1983 and graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Literature. In 1990, he completed Paramilitary Training at the Administration Police Institute.
He attended the Kenya School of Government’s Advanced Public Administration Course. He went on to study at Oklahoma University in the United States. A distinguished career As he describes himself, the child of Mau Mau joined the civil service immediately after graduation.
Between 1989 and 1992, he worked as an assistant secretary and personal assistant to then-Minister of Home Affairs and National Heritage Davidson Ngibuini. He then went on to work for former civil service head Philip Mbithi in the same capacity, with one of his briefs being to write speeches for the country’s second President Daniel arap Moi. He was assigned to work as a District Officer (DO) in Molo, where he became more acquainted with Moi. He was the District Officer in charge of Ng’arua Division and Laikipia District from 1997 to 1999. Moi nominated President Uhuru Kenyatta to Parliament in 2001, which gave him a break.
Gachagua, in turn, became Uhuru’s personal assistant and accompanied him on his unsuccessful presidential campaign on a KANU ticket in 2002. He was the custodian of Uhuru’s diary for the five years he served him, and they traveled throughout the country together.
In 2006, he resigned as president and went into private business, becoming the CEO of the Ridor Group of Companies. Daniel Moi (r) and Rigathi Gachagua during his time as a DO. Archive photo. Twitter is the source. Participation in active politics When Gachagu’s brother Nderitu Gachagua became governor of Nyeri in 2013, the former is said to have been extremely powerful.
Gachagua directed the county administration and, as a power broker, ran the county when his brother became ill. Despite his brother’s absence as he was airlifted abroad for treatment in the United Kingdom, he ensured that the county government ran smoothly. After his brother died, it is believed that his desire to be closer to the trappings of power drove him to run for the Mathira parliamentary seat.
He defeated Wambui Wamaranga to win the seat. He rose to prominence as an MP after vehemently opposing the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) championed by his former boss Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga.
He then defected from the Jubilee party to the newly formed United Democratic Alliance (UDA), which includes politicians close to Ruto who have complained about being marginalized by the government. Gachagua then became a staunch supporter of Ruto, which resulted in his selection as his running mate.
Despite his illustrious career, a series of court cases have tainted his image. The Ethics And Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) summoned Gachagua for allegedly acquiring wealth worth over KSh 12 billion through fraudulent means. The billions were labeled as “proceeds of crime” by the Asset and Recovery Authority (ARA). The politician was accused of amassing a large fortune after doing business with Nyeri county while his late brother, Nderitu, was governor.